Derry Cairngorm and Loch Etchachan

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Derry Cairngorm and Loch Etchachan

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Derry Cairngorm and Loch Etchachan

This walk from Linn o’ Dee takes us to one of the hidden treasures of the Cairngorms, Loch Etchachan. For its size, it’s the highest loch in the UK at just over 920m. At this height and because it sits in a hollow, the loch can hold snow and ice well into the summer, a refreshing place to dip your toes! You will be in the safe hands of a qualified mountain leader who will point out interesting the features throughout your walk.

 Loch Etchachan - May 2016

Loch Etchachan - May 2016

 August 2017

August 2017

To reach here we will walk from the south, over the Munro, Derry Cairngorm (1155m). Views over the Cairngorm National Park are just stunning.

 The walk up to Derry Cairngorm - November 2015

The walk up to Derry Cairngorm - November 2015

After achieving the Munro and visiting the loch, we’ll head down toward Hutchison Memorial Hut, a small bothy maintained by the great volunteers of the Mountain Bothy Association. From here we travel through beautiful Glen Derry. The native forest in this Glen is regenerating really well and this will be evident as we walk back towards Derry Lodge.

 Hutchison Memorial Hut - March 2016

Hutchison Memorial Hut - March 2016

The total distance of this walk is 27km with a 1000m ascent. There’s an option to take a bike to Derry Lodge which shortens the day and gives more time for exploring, taking 10km off the walk. We can supply good quality mountain bikes for your day if you choose to use a bike.

 Derry Lodge

Derry Lodge

If you'd like to join a group let us know and we'll add you to the list. 

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, discounted prices apply. Contact us for larger groups and availability.